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Muiden Castle

Photos of Muiderslot, a medieval Dutch castle in the province of North Holland.

Muiderslot

Muiderslot - Muiden, Netherlands Muiderslot is a castle built in the year 1370 by commission of the Duke Albrecht, Count of Holland, over the ruins of the previous castle of Floris V.

View of the castle from the banks of vestinggracht

View of the castle from the banks of vestinggracht - Muiden, Netherlands Vestinggracht means the "fortress canal."

West façade of the Muiden Castle

West façade of the Muiden Castle - Muiden, Netherlands Count Floris V of Holland commissioned the first fortress in 1285, selecting this strategic location, both militarily and commercially, on the banks of the Vecht River, at its mouth into the Zuiderzee, currently known as Lake IJ or IJsselmeer. After his nobles betrayed and killed him, the old castle was destroyed by the then archbishop of Utrecht, enemy of Floris V.

Historic gardens of Muiderslot

Historic gardens of Muiderslot - Muiden, Netherlands The Muiden Castle has two gardens, one of vegetables and another one of herbs. The arcade in the background is the covered path dividing the gardens.

Covered path of vegetable arches between the Muiderslot gardens

Covered path of vegetable arches between the Muiderslot gardens - Muiden, Netherlands

The Castle of Muiden as seen from its gardens

The Castle of Muiden as seen from its gardens - Muiden, Netherlands

Inner courtyard of Muiden Castle

Inner courtyard of Muiden Castle - Muiden, Netherlands

Dutch helmet exhibited at Muiden Castle

Dutch helmet exhibited at Muiden Castle - Muiden, Netherlands A helmet with feathered crest, and visor with double opening, ideal for jousts or horseback combat.

Dutch close helmet

Dutch close helmet - Muiden, Netherlands In this photo you can better see the decorative peacock feathers in the helmet’s crest.

Sword and suits of armour in the armoury of the Muiderslot museum

Sword and suits of armour in the armoury of the Muiderslot museum - Muiden, Netherlands The castle of Muiden is a museum since 1878.

Dutch knight suit of armour

Dutch knight suit of armour - Muiden, Netherlands

Detail of a knight's armour at Muiderslot

Detail of a knight's armour at Muiderslot - Muiden, Netherlands

Lifting mechanism of the castle's drawbridge

Lifting mechanism of the castle's drawbridge - Muiden, Netherlands

The "Prince's Chamber" with cradle and children's bed

The Prince's Chamber with cradle and children's bed - Muiden, Netherlands

The Knights Room

The Knights Room - Muiden, Netherlands

Sealed envelopes next to documents and wax sealing tools

Sealed envelopes next to documents and wax sealing tools - Muiden, Netherlands

Central tree in the historic gardens of Muiden Castle

Central tree in the historic gardens of Muiden Castle - Muiden, Netherlands

The dungeon of Muiden Castle

The dungeon of Muiden Castle - Muiden, Netherlands An essential area in any decent castle, for unwanted guests or that relative that just speaks too much.

Detail of wax sealed envelopes

Detail of wax sealed envelopes - Muiden, Netherlands

Façade of Muiden Castle entrance and the stone bridge and drawbridge

Façade of Muiden Castle entrance and the stone bridge and drawbridge - Muiden, Netherlands

Backplate of a cuirass, helmets and hauberk of foot soldiers

Backplate of a cuirass, helmets and hauberk of foot soldiers - Muiden, Netherlands

Reproduction of medieval Dutch soldier uniform

Reproduction of medieval Dutch soldier uniform - Muiden, Netherlands

Miniature of a banquet at the Muiderslot Castle

Miniature of a banquet at the Muiderslot Castle - Muiden, Netherlands

Statue of Maria Tesselschade in the Muiderslot gardens

Statue of Maria Tesselschade in the Muiderslot gardens - Muiden, Netherlands Statue entitled "Tesseltje," made by Gerarda Rueter in 1971, representing Maria Tesselschade, a poet from Amsterdam, who used to visit Muiden Castle during the XVII century.

Panorama of the castle dungeon in the south tower

Panorama of the castle dungeon in the south tower - Muiden, Netherlands

Reinforced door from 1784 in one of the main rooms of the castle

Reinforced door from 1784 in one of the main rooms of the castle - Muiden, Netherlands

Panorama of the castle's attic

Panorama of the castle's attic - Muiden, Netherlands

Tree in the historic gardens of Muiderslot

Tree of life in the historic gardens of Muiderslot - Muiden, Netherlands

Window of the gardens' vegetable arcade

Window of the gardens' vegetable arcade - Muiden, Netherlands One of the windows in the covered path between the Muiderslot gardens.

Dutch child armour

Dutch child armour - Muiden, Netherlands In this photo you can see the structure of the gauntlets of this training armour made for future knights.

Helmet of a Dutch child armour

Helmet of a Dutch child armour - Muiden, Netherlands Pauldrons, breastplate and gorget.

Detail of a Dutch armour from the 16th century

Detail of a Dutch armour from the 16th century - Muiden, Netherlands

View of the inner courtyard of Muiderslot

View of the inner courtyard of Muiderslot - Muiden, Netherlands

Muiderslot gardens as seen from the castle

Muiderslot gardens as seen from the castle - Muiden, Netherlands In this panoramic view you can see the gallery or covered path dividing the two gardens, the vegetable garden on the left, and the herb garden on the right.

Topiary art

Topiary art - Muiden, Netherlands Bushes clipped into cones bordering the Muiderslot gardens.

Vessels at the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club next to Muiderslot

Vessels at the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club next to Muiderslot - Muiden, Netherlands In Dutch: "Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeil- & Roeivereeniging" (Royal Dutch Sailing and Rowing Club). In this picture from the castle grounds you can see the west battery of Muiden on the other shore of the Vecht, behind the vessels of the club, a strategic location overlooking the IJsselmeer. This battery is a round tower-fortress similar to the Ossenmarkt of Weesp, and was built in 1852.

The plum orchard and northeast façade of Muiderslot Castle

The plum orchard and northeast façade of Muiderslot Castle - Muiden, Netherlands

Muiderslot Castle as seen from the south

Muiderslot Castle as seen from the south - Muiden, Netherlands

Muiderslot entrance

Muiderslot entrance - Muiden, Netherlands The stone bridge and drawbridge as seen from the interior of the castle of Muiden.

Northeast tower of Muiderslot

Northeast tower of Muiderslot - Muiden, Netherlands

Muiderslot Castle's main façade

Muiderslot Castle's main façade - Muiden, Netherlands

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